'Bad Hombre' Jokes About Trump Are The Debate Comic Relief We All Need
Objectively speaking, there's a lot that's ridiculous about Donald Trump. From his suspected spray tan that prompted even President Obama to refer to him as a "shriveled tangerine," to his crazy proposal to force Mexico to cover the cost of a yuuuuuge wall to keep undocumented immigrants out, the Republican presidential nominee often looks and sounds somewhat wacky to the average outsider. Viewers of the third and final presidential debate on Oct. 19 were expecting him to have to address the serious allegations of sexual assault and harassment against him, but nothing matched the shock that audience members felt when Trump broke out the name "bad hombre" in referring to Hispanic immigrants. To some, the phrase was a little more than offensive, although from the wave of "bad hombre" jokes about Donald Trump that flooded Twitter Wednesday night, the comic relief derived from the moment was at least a little bit of a relief from the painful election cycle.
The comment came during the section of the night devoted to discussing immigration, a much-anticipated and contentious subject, because Trump has continually disparaged Latinos, even calling Mexicans criminals and murderers when he launched his campaign.
In that spirit, Trump again pledged to get the "bad hombres" out of the country. And Twitter went wild:
"We have some bad hombres here" - the worst hombre of them all #debatenight— Ziwe (@ziwe) October 20, 2016
Trump was unabashed in, again, engaging in racist rhetoric, even using the Spanish word for "man" when talking about deporting large swaths of people. His full quote is clearly (not) freaking out the bad hombres of Twitter:
When they're not gleefully reclaiming the term, Twitter users were quick to point out who they think the real "bad hombre" is:
“Hombres”? The only bad hombre here is @realDonaldTrump and his racist, xenophobic rhetoric.— CatherineCortezMasto (@CatherineForNV) October 20, 2016
And to, of course, remind him that "many people are saying" that his hair looks pretty weird:
I agree. Donald Trump's hair is a bad ombré, hombre.— yourbestworstfriend (@The_Frenemy) October 20, 2016
Trump doesn't know a bad hombre from a bad ombré.— Joseph Hughes (@nczeitgeist) October 20, 2016
In most cases, the phrase was really just too much fun:
In no way am I an expert in U.S Presidential Debate history, but I can almost guarantee this was the first time "bad hombre" was evoked— Guy Adami (@GuyAdami) October 20, 2016
It's too bad that Trump made his "bad hombre" comment this close to Halloween, honestly, because that racist jab is sure to inspire some racist costumes, and that I do not want to see.